Now that the last 2014 preseason games have been played, teams are in a rush to trim their rosters down to 53. On Friday, the Bengals moved closer to that number by letting go of veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Green-Ellis had been with the Bengals since 2012 and scored 13 touchdowns in those two seasons. However, his release isn't a major surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. He missed the final two weeks of the preseason due to a hip injury and was obviously usurped by Jeremy Hill, a big back who is a younger, cheaper, fresher version of Green-Ellis.
The writing has been on the wall for this move since the draft. Hill's big workload and matching production last night was the last straw. Hill is expected to play a very prominent role in Cincy's run-first offense. He may split carries fairly evenly with Giovani Bernard. It's a situation to keep a very close eye on in September, but it seems like Hill has flex value in standard 12-team leagues right away.